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Three Florida teams rank nationally among top 10 percent academically

Three Florida athletic programs are among the 976 teams recognized by the NCAA today for high academic achievement based on the NCAA's APR (academic progress rate).

The Gators' softball, women's basketball and women's cross country teams were among the top performing APR's this year. Top performing APRs this year ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000, with the majority of teams earning a perfect APR.

The 976 teams represent 594 women’s teams and 382 men’s or mixed squads.

“The NCAA’s quintessential student-athlete exhibits dedication and commitment both on the playing field and in the classroom,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “These teams and programs truly embody the overall values of the NCAA, and have exceeded standards to post fantastic academic scores. We are delighted by such a clear example of our membership’s commitment to providing well-rounded experiences to student-athletes.”

Nine NCAA national champions from 2012-13 are among the teams recognized as top performers including two SEC schools: Alabama (football and men's golf) and Georgia (men's swimming.

Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APR's are are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-2012 academic years.

A total of 268 schools, out of 346 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Dartmouth College had the most teams (25) recognized, followed by Brown University (20) and Bucknell University (19).

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 12:42pm]


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